6/7/17: Joni Mitchell “California”

I have no idea how this song got in my head. I haven’t even thought about Joni Mitchell in some time, much less listened to any of her music. Nevertheless, somehow there she was, helping me to channel the song “California” when I got my day started bright and early. Or, rather, dark and early.

Joni Mitchell is a Canadian singer/songwriter who came along in the late 60s. She represented a great and unique combination of jazz and folk music, and sang in this light, light, almost ethereal voice. These days, she’s 73 years old… and I’m sure she could still write great songs, even though her legendary voice isn’t quite what it used to be. She’s described herself as “a painter derailed by circumstance,” and exercised that particular talent by designing all of her own album covers… and they’re some beautiful pieces of artwork!

“California” was written while she was living in France, expressing her homesickness and desire to be part of the creative counterculture community that she identified with so strongly. There’s lots of flowing stream-of-consciousness lyrics here, and guess who’s on guitar for this piece of musical poetry? North Carolina’s own James Taylor!

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The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school for kids of all ages located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate Crossing.

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Now Open for business, you are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

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AND, to kick off a partnership with the Public School Foundation; For every new enrollment through the end of June, they will donate $10 to the local public schools’ music and performing arts programs, and moving forward, they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue, so help them support music in the local public schools and enroll today!

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